Welcoming address

Dear colleagues and friends of the forest policy research community,

We are more than happy and proud to present the program of the 3rd International Forest Policy Meeting (IFPM) with its diverse thematic sessions and different formats. The IFPM has two major aims: first, to provide a platform for scientific exchange, and second to connect regional forest policy research communities to strengthen the network.

We were hoping to make both of these aims possible by welcoming you here, in our lovely region of the Black Forest. Unfortunately, due to the Corona situation, a meeting in presence is still not possible. However, rather than postponing the event, we decided to go for an online meeting instead. We were positively surprised by the number of registrations we received and the many panels and abstract you submitted. This proved to us that the demand for scientific exchange is stronger than potential online meeting fatigue.

The 3rd IFPM brings together scientists dealing with forest and forest-related issues from a social science perspective. It facilitates the exchange of the latest research, particularly for early-career scientists who have the unique opportunity to present and discuss their exciting work in a welcoming and familiar environment.

The program also guarantees that IFPM connects the central European- with the Scandinavian- forest policy research community. That is why our team at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy has explicitly strived to not only provide a platform for online presentations and exchange, but also to convey a feeling of togetherness despite the long distances that physically separate us. 

Knowledge about forest policy and governance seems to be more relevant than ever before. It not only contributes to our understanding of the traditional forestry sector and its related policies, politics and polity. It also comprises research about cross-sectoral and multi-level governance addressing, e.g. environmental challenges like climate change, the loss of biodiversity or water supply and quality. Additionally, it provides analytical instruments to understand better and explain diverse conflicts around forests, including those that have increasingly emerged during the pandemic, thus raising demands for specific forest services.

Many such issues will be addressed during the 3rd IFPM, new empirical insights will be shared, and conceptual and empirical developments will be discussed. We are looking forward to this journey of digital interaction with all of you.


On behalf of the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy,

Daniela Kleinschmit

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